Tag Archives: antibiotic resistance

The silent go-between – the role of the microbiota as intermediator in horizontal gene transfer

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) (also known as lateral gene transfer) is a powerful genetic process, in which DNA is transmitted from a donor organism to a recipient organism that is not its offspring. Thus, acquisition of DNA

Rapid detection of polymyxin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae from blood cultures

Enterobacterial strains resistant to extended-spectrum cephalosporins, carbapenems, aminoglycosides, fluoroquinolones are increasingly reported increasingly reported worldwide. Those strains remain mostly susceptible to polymyxins such as colistin. Polymyxins  that are old antibiotics have been used until recently mostly in

Can bacteria resist a new antibacterial method?

Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is on the rise worldwide, making some previously-treatable infections incurable or even life-threatening. Thus there is a growing need for the discovery and development of new antibacterial methods of disinfection. Ideally these methods